President of the Meeting

Drissi Boumzebra, Marrakesh, Morocco

Head of the cardiovascular surgery department.

University Teaching Hospital Mohammed VI Of Marrakesh

Caddy Ayad University of Marrakesh,

Vice president of the ASPCHS

Dear colleagues and friends from around the world,

The World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS) welcomes you to our Seventh Scientific Meeting and the first joint meeting with The African Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (ASPCHS), taking place in Marrakesh, from the 15th to the 19th of June 2022 in Morocco.

The last two years have been both challenging and exciting when it comes to continuous surgical training. The calling of the WSPCHS has always been to ensure the highest level of management of surgical processes to all children with CHD around the world. As a result, these last two years marked the founding of the world university for pediatric and congenital heart surgery. The organization of this fantastic scientific meeting comes to complete the scientific purposes of both societies.

For the first time in the African Continent, this exceptional edition will be a wonderful opportunity to meet experts from all continents of the world.  Pediatric and congenital heart surgeons and colleagues from related specialties are joining us in this exciting program.

The program committee in collaboration with ASPCHS has chosen two relevant topics:

Tetralogy of Fallot from epidemiology to surgical management

Rheumatic heart diseases in pediatric population

In addition to these topics, two workshops will be organized:

  • Aortic and Mitral Valve Workshop:
    • Echocardiography
    • Aortic and mitral valve repair: Hands on sheep model
  • Tetralogy of Fallot workshop:
    • Echocardiography
    • Wet lab: Hands on 3D model.

It will be an opportunity to initiate African cardiac surgery residents to the distinctive pediatric and congenital aspects of their specialty.

For the benefit of children across the world, this meeting aims to exchange scientific information, networks, establish friendships, professional connections, and build strong collaborations between these sister organizations

On behalf of your Moroccan colleagues, I welcome you to Marrakesh.”

The Vision of the World Society is that every child born anywhere in the world with a congenital heart defect should have access to appropriate medical and surgical care.

The Mission of the World Society is to promote the highest quality comprehensive care to all patients with pediatric and/or congenital heart disease, from fetus to the adult, regardless of the patient’s economic means, with emphasis on excellence in education, research and community services.

The African Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (ASPCHS) is the scientific society of pediatric and congenital heart surgeons and allied specialists of Africa. The inception of ASPCHS followed a town hall meeting with a focus on Africa initiated by the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS) in May 2020. ASPCHS was thus developed through close collaboration with the WSPCHS. 

local Host

Drissi Boumzebra, Marrakesh, Morocco

Head of cardiovascular surgery departement. University Teaching Hospital Mohammed VI Of Marrakesh

Caddi Ayad University of Marrakesh

Drissi Boumzebra, Marrakesh, Morocco

Local committee

El Haouati Rachid, Marrakesh, Morocco

Zouizra Zahira, Marrakesh, Morocco

El Hattaoui Mustapha, Marrakesh, Morocco

Karimi Saloua, Marrakesh, Morocco

Slitine Nadia El Idrissi, Marrakesh, Morocco

Laaroussi Mohamed , Rabat, Morocco

Bencheikh Khadija, Agadir, Morocco

Chraibi Said, Casablanca, Morocco

El Mardouli Mouhcine, Marrakesh, Morocco

El Alaoui Mohamed, Marrakesh, Morocco

Benbakh Soukaina, Marrakesh, Morocco

WSPCHS Governing Council 2021-2022

Zohair Al-Halees President Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

James Kirklin
First Vice-President
Birmingham, USA

Kirsten Finucane
Second Vice-President
Auckland, New Zealand

Frank Edwin
Accra, Ghana

Sertac Cicek
Istanbul, Turkey

Marshall L. Jacobs
Newtown Square, USA

Christo I. Tchervenkov
Executive Director
Montreal, Canada

Erle Austin
Council Member
Louisville, USA

Abdelmalek Bouzid
Council Member
Algiers, Algeria

Anietimfon Etiuma
Council Member
Calabar, Nigeria

Beatriz H. S. Furlanetto
Council Member
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Claudia Herbst
Council Member
Vienna, Austria

Jurgen Horer
Council Member
Munich, Germany

Vladimir Ilyin
Council Member
Moscow, Russia

Ignacio Juaneda
Council Member
Cordoba, Argentina

Ivan Nino De Guzman
Council Member
Lima, Peru

Michael Oketcho
Council Member
Kampala, Uganda

Yishay Orr
Council Member
Westmead, Australia

Alexis Palacios Macedo
Council Member
Mexico City, Mexico

Darshan Reddy
Council Member
Umhlanga, South Africa

Mohammad Shihata
Council Member
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Sivakumar Sivalingam
Council Member
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

James St.Louis
Council Member
Kansas City, USA

Sachin Talwar
Council Member
New Delhi, India

Juan Velez
Council Member
Cali, Colombia

Vladimiro Vida
Council Member
Padova, Italy

David Winlaw
Council Member
Westmead, Australia

Hao Zhang
Council Member
Shanghai, China

ASPCHS officers

Frank Edwin President
Accra, Ghana.

Drissi Boumzebra First Vice President
Marrakech, Morocco

Darshan Reddy Second Vice President
Durban, South Africa.

Susan Vosloo Secretary
Cape Town, South Africa.

Adel Elgamal Treasurer
Mansoura, Egypt.

Christo Tchervenkov Executive Director
Montreal, Canada.

Past Meetings

2007Washington DC, USAInaugural Scientific Meeting of the WSPCHS
2008Montreal, CanadaWorld’s Summit on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Services, Education and Cardiac Care
2009Cairns, AustraliaWSPCHS 2nd Scientific Meeting at the 5th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (WCPCCS)
2010Antigua, GuatemalaSpecial Multi-Societal Joint Meeting Dedicated to Aldo R. Castañeda
2010Shanghai, ChinaWSPCHS Regional Meeting
2011Istanbul, TurkeyWSPCHS 3rd Scientific Meeting
2012Lima, PeruJoint Meeting WSPCHS and Sociedad Latina de Cardiologia Y Cirugia Cardiovascular Pediatrica
2013Cape Town, South AfricaWSPCHS Annual Members Meeting at the 6th WCPCCS
2014Sao Paulo, BrazilWSPCHS 4th Scientific Meeting
2015Cartagena, ColumbiaJoint Meeting WSPCHS, Sociedad Latina de Cardiologia Y Cirugia Cardiovascular Pediatrica, Sociedad Colombiana de Cardiologia
2015Kyoto, JapanWSPCHS Regional Meeting
2016Abu Dhabi, UAEWSPCHS 5th Scientific Meeting
2017Barcelona, SpainWSPCHS Annual Members Meeting at the 7th WCPCCS
2018Orlando, USAWSPCHS 6th Scientific Meeting

Sofia, Bulgaria

Joint meeting WSPCHS and European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA)
Indonesia, Bali symposium

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